“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”
-Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing
After visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. last summer, 17-year-old Braden Sweeney became intrigued that “there is still genocide occurring today” and decided he “wanted to make a difference in the world.” After coming across information about Invisible Children’s Protection Plan which is dedicated to implementing projects that directly contribute to the protection of LRA-affected communities, he decided to raise money and donate all proceeds to the Protection Plan.
Braden proceeded to create, produce, and perform in a vocal and dance showcase called Performing for the Protection Plan. Getting 21 acts to perform, selling raffle tickets and concessions, having the programs, fliers, and raffle prizes donated from local businesses, and almost selling out the 456-seat theater, Braden raised $5,400 for Invisible Children’s Protection Plan. I know, we were stunned too. And humbled, and excited, and grateful.
The icing on the cake? He sang the National Anthem at an Oakland A’s game, and the next day was contacted by the A’s organization and informed that they were donating $2,500 to the Protection Plan on behalf of Braden.
Braden’s generousity reaffirms the impact that one person can make. Helen Keller said it best: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”